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Xilinx Data Center, 5G and Core Vertical Markets in the Spotlight at Xilinx Adapt 2021 Virtual Technology Conference

Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX), the leader in adaptive computing, today is
making a number of announcements in conjunction with Xilinx Adapt 2021, the
company’s virtual technology conference taking place September 7-16. News
highlights include the latest Versal™ space and defense-grade devices, a new
Microsoft database analytics service powered by Alveo™ accelerator cards, a
software development kit (SDK) for live video transcoding, the Kria™
robotics stack, a new Vitis™ library for medical ultrasound, and the new
Zynq® RFSoC DFE shipping in production volume to radio customers worldwide.

Adapt 2021 will feature executive keynotes with appearances from partners
and customers, along with a series of more than 100 presentations, forums,
product trainings, and labs designed to help users unlock the value of
adaptive computing. The free, six-day event kicks off this week with three
days of content targeting software and hardware developers. The final three
days next week will focus on the company’s broad end market segments, with
dedicated sessions covering aerospace and defense, automotive, data center,
industrial, healthcare, and wired and wireless businesses.

“From the data center and 5G to robotics and space-grade devices, we’re
looking forward to kicking off Xilinx Adapt 2021 to educate customers and
developers on our newest products and tools across our diversified end
markets. We’re excited to share how adaptive computing is helping customers
realize great innovations and bring them to market faster than ever,” said
Victor Peng, Xilinx president and CEO.

Adapt 2021 news highlights for next week’s end-market segments-focused
conference includes the following:

Aerospace and Defense

Xilinx is launching two new versions of its Versal ACAP products with the
addition of the space-grade XQR Versal portfolio and the defense-grade XQ
ruggedized Versal portfolio.

Space-Grade Versal ACAP
•       The XQR Versal space-grade portfolio includes the new Versal AI Core
and Versal AI Edge series devices, offering ruggedized, organic ball grid
array packaging with extended qualification and burn-in supporting
Mil-Std-883 Class B-grade flow and full radiation tolerance. These XQR
devices are targeted for on-board data processing and machine learning (ML)
inference in satellite and space 2.0 applications, an important accelerated
advancement building upon the successful adoption of XQRKU060 launch in
2020.

The XQR Versal ACAP is a highly capable and adaptable device with support
for full reconfiguration while in orbit. The space-grade XQR Versal AI Core
device is targeted for availability in late Q2 2022.

Defense-Grade Versal ACAP
•       The XQ ruggedized devices are heterogeneous multicore compute
platforms equipped with adaptable industry-leading AI/ML capabilities to
withstand the evolving algorithms and demands of harsh environmental
requirements for aerospace and defense applications. Building on Xilinx’s 30
years of heritage and continuous development in the industry, the latest
portfolio includes the XQ AI Core, XQ AI Edge, XQ Prime and XQ Premium
families. The devices in the portfolio feature ruggedized packaging
qualified to Mil-Std-883 Group D standards, tin-lead (Sn/Pb) content with
full mitigation of tin-whiskering, and optional M-temp (-55°C to +125°C)
support. The XQ ruggedized Versal portfolio is targeted for initial device
availability in Q1 2022.

Automotive

Xilinx® FPGAs and adaptive SoCs bring tremendous value to LiDAR sensor
architectures because of the capability to support advanced signal
processing, point cloud pre-processing, and point cloud ML acceleration.
Xilinx is the leading silicon supplier in the LiDAR market.

New Automotive LiDAR Research from Xilinx and Strategy Analytics
•       According to a new Xilinx-sponsored report from Strategy Analytics,
about $1 billion has been invested in up to 100 different companies
developing high-resolution LiDAR sensors, and automotive market adoption is
accelerating. Xilinx FPGAs and adaptive SoCs are being deployed in these
systems because they provide extreme flexibility and adaptability, deliver
high performance at low latency, and help meet fast time-to-market
timeframes. Mark Fitzgerald, director for Strategy Analytics’ Autonomous
Vehicle Service, will join Xilinx at Adapt for a fireside chat to discuss
the report findings and provide a market forecast on September 15 at 11 a.m.
PT. Jim Kane, vice president of Automotive Engineering, at Baraja will also
join Xilinx and Strategy Analytics for this conversation. A copy of the
“Automotive LiDAR: Rounding Out the ADAS and Autonomous Driving Sensor
Suite” report can be found in the Adapt 2021 media kit.

Data Center

Xilinx data center platforms and plug-in board solutions continue to drive
strong demand across hyperscale cloud customers and the fintech market.

Azure Synapse Spark Acceleration
•       Microsoft has announced that Azure is now utilizing their NP-VM
FPGA-as-a-Service infrastructure, powered by Xilinx® Alveo™ accelerators, to
dramatically improve the performance of Apache Spark on the Azure Synapse
analytics platform. Alveo acceleration delivers up to a 40x improvement in
data parsing CSV and JSON file formats, from 15MB/second with a CPU core to
7.7GB/second with Alveo. This eliminates a common bottleneck in Spark
performance, and with 90 percent of Synapse Spark workloads consisting of
CSV/JSON/Parquet files, Azure is delivering massively enhanced performance
to their growing Synapse customer base.

Live Video Transcoding SDK
•       Xilinx has released the Xilinx Video Transcoding SDK, making it
easier and faster than ever before for streamers to build new or migrate
existing services to take advantage of Xilinx acceleration. The Video
Transcoding SDK is a complete solution, from runtime drivers to server
resource management, and provides support for FFmpeg and C/C++ API, ensuring
that customers can start developing streaming solutions instantly. Paired
with the Xilinx Alveo U30 media accelerator card, it delivers industry
leading video transcoding performance with dramatically improved channel
density, lower power and total cost of ownership compared to alternative
products.

Industrial and Healthcare

Xilinx addresses the growing needs of scalable healthcare and industrial IoT
platforms with heterogenous processing, I/O flexibility, hardware-based
deterministic control, and comprehensive solutions.

Kria Robotics Stack
•       Xilinx is expanding the scope of Kria System-on-Modules beyond
vision AI and is now equipping roboticists with an easy-to-use, adaptive and
hardware-accelerated set of functions and tools called the Kria robotics
stack (KRS). Built around the Robot Operating System (ROS), a framework for
robot application development, KRS is comprised of an integrated set of
utilities helping speed up ROS 2 and Gazebo, empowering faster, secure, and
more complete robot behavior. KRS ships with an expanding set of reference
designs and over time, robotic-focused accelerated applications built with
KRS will be made available via the Xilinx App Store. KRS helps leverage
hardware acceleration into Xilinx devices with high-performance and low
latency, in a similar fashion to how Vitis AI helps AI developers implement
machine learning inference models into Xilinx devices.

Vitis Libraries for Medical Ultrasound
•       For the first time, Xilinx has expanded its Vitis unified software
platform to include libraries for ultra-fast imaging optimized and targeted
for the innovative Versal AI engines. These libraries target medical
ultrasound applications, producing breakthrough performance resulting in
greater than 1,000 frames-per-second in a 64-channel ultrasound machine with
200 lines of resolution using just a single Versal device.

Wired and Wireless Communications

From edge to cloud, Xilinx FPGAs and adaptive SoCs continue to be at the
heart of wired and wireless networking equipment driving global 5G
deployments.

Xilinx Shipping Zynq RFSoC DFE in Volume
•       Xilinx has begun shipping its new Zynq RFSoC DFE in volume to
multiple radio customers worldwide including a top wireless system vendor.
Zynq RFSoC DFE is a new class of radio platforms that integrates hardened
digital front-end (DFE) application-specific blocks for 5G NR performance
and power savings while also offering integrated programmable adaptive logic
to enable a futureproof solution for evolving 5G 3GPP standards and O-RAN
radio architectures. Zynq RFSoC DFE is gaining momentum in the market
because it optimizes power efficiency, performance and cost while still
delivering the flexibility and time-to-market benefits of a programmable and
adaptive SoC.

Additional Resources
Xilinx Adapt Media Kit
Xilinx Adapt Developer Week Release
Register for Xilinx Adapt
Follow Xilinx on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook

About Xilinx
Xilinx, Inc. develops highly flexible and adaptive processing platforms that
enable rapid innovation across a variety of technologies – from the cloud,
to the edge, to the endpoint. Xilinx is the inventor of the FPGA and
adaptive SoCs (including our adaptive compute acceleration platform, or
ACAP), designed to deliver the most dynamic computing technology in the
industry. We collaborate with our customers to create scalable,
differentiated, and intelligent solutions that enable the adaptable,
intelligent, and connected world of the future. For more information, visit
xilinx.com.

Mon. October 18th, 2021

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